Now Ivanka Is Involved in the Bizarre Trump-Putin Controversy

Election '16

Ivanka Trump's social circle knows no bounds. Take for instance, her pick for a "sightseeing” pal in Dubrovnik, Croatia: Wendi Deng Murdoch. That's right, Ivanka is jetsetting with Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, who is reportedly dating Vladimir Putin. According to People magazine, Deng Murdoch introduced Ivanka to her husband Jared Kushner and the two friends are currently vacationing in Croatia together.

"Everything she has is available to her friends, which, believe me, is not common," Ivanka told Vogue when asked about her friendship with Wendi, who often plays matchmaker. "There's nothing that doesn't interest her, and she can hit five topics in a 35-second conversation. It's really a whirlwind with Wendi. I can't recall the last time I had a conversation with her that didn't conclude with her connecting me to four people who might become great friends or great business opportunities."

While on the surface, the Croatia trip may appear as nothing more than a casual summer getaway, its timing has caused speculation due to Donald Trump's precarious relationship with the Russian autocrat. And while Hillary Clinton released her latest tax returns last week, Trump's failure to release his own fuels rumors that the documents would reveal a conflict of interest in Russian businesses.

Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort was a former consultant for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, and according to the New York Times, "handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012."

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